Bipolar Toddler?

My granddaughter is 19 months old. Her father is bipolar.


She has these episodes where she screams and wants her mother to hold her, standing only, and they last for about 30-50 minutes. They occur randomly and she can have two or three of these episodes. She has never been a good sleeper.


She has a vocabulary of about 7 words which makes it difficult to find out what she wants. She is not very friendly towards strangers or people she’s sees fairly regularly.

She has had ear infections since she was born and recently had tubes put in her ears. She has since has two more infections. She had a very severe middle ear infection which caused her be unsteady on her feet. She fell and cracked her four teeth in the upper front which are now infected. During all this time, her mother and father were in the process of getting divorced.

Do you think this is a sign of bipolar disease or just behavioral issues associated with pain? There also another sibling, a boy 5 months of age who is very happy and sleeps well.

Dear Grandma:


Ear infections can cause pain which disrupts the attachment cycle, particularly because it is a pain that is difficult to get rid of. Children who have disrupted attachment display some of the symptoms you have talked about. I wonder if she is able to verbalize when she is in pain and to seek out assistance if she is in pain. These would be important things to look at.

Additionally divorce can cause stress on a child and confusion which can result in some disruption in sleep.



It’s difficult with so many things going on to determine the source of your granddaughters issues, but I would recommend that you seek some help in the form of a play therapist, or that you encourage your daughter to seek some help.

Good luck

Kristen


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